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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Oh, Brother: George Clooney Hosts Lavish Fundraisers To “Get Money Out Of Politics”

Actor George Clooney has decided to protest the amount of money that politicians need in order to run for office by—wait for it—hosting political fundraisers.

Clooney, who argued that there is an “obscene amount of money” in politics, hosted two fundraisers this past weekend with his wife, Amal, that reportedly raised $15 million in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. His support for Clinton stems for her support of a repeal of Citizens United, a move he believes would eliminate the need for “ridiculous” amounts of money required to run for office (but would actually hamper the ability of groups like NRA to communicate with the public about important issues).

Speaking of “ridiculous” amounts of money, the top ticket price at Clooney’s fundraisers was reportedly $353,000 per seat. However, this price tag came with the privilege of sharing a table with Clinton—something that a lot of us wouldn’t do for free.


Tampa Bay Times Publishes Bloomberg Propaganda As News

On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reprinted a twisted account of NRA’s efforts to rescue a Florida shooting range under attack by bureaucrats from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Their source was Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun news website, The Trace. 

The Times published the story of how NRA helped end the long-term harassment by the water district, which goes by the acronym Swiftmud, without any fact-checking. In it, The Trace demonized the intervention of Marion Hammer, the former NRA president and effective gun-rights advocate, on behalf of the Skyway Trap & Skeet Club. 

Last year, Americas1stFreedom.org’s series, No Trace of Truth, documented its anti-gun bias. When the Times reprints the website’s propaganda unchecked, it erodes public confidence in all news media, as evidenced by Monday’s AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research/American Press Institute poll that found only 6 percent of Americans “have a lot of confidence in the media.”

Scientists Say Politicians Lie The Most (And Who’s The Phoniest Of Them All?)

In the latest chapter of “They all do it, so that makes it OK,” U.S. News and World Report on Monday revealed the shocking—shocking!—discovery, by psychologists and political science experts, that “politicians distort the truth more often, use more self-justifications and deceive in larger ways, and with more consequences,” than most people. (What’s next? No Easter Bunny?)

In a delicious irony, on the same day, U.S. News reported that public trust in journalists had fallen to the point that only 6 percent of Americans say they have a lot of confidence in the media. Could that be because politicians lie, and the media effectively swear to it—if not by repeating the lies without question, then by “revealing” that “they all do that”? 

Politicians might lie more than most people, but Americans apparently believe Hillary Clinton lies more than most politicians: 21 percent of Americans consider her “dishonest” or “a liar."


Missouri University Countersues Professor Who Challenged Campus Carry Ban

Last September, University of Missouri Associate Professor Royce de R. Barondes filed a lawsuit against the school seeking to overturn its policy banning firearms on campus. Barondes, a tenured professor who has taught business and corporate law at the Columbia school since 2002, argued that the policy violated federal and state rights. 

The suit named University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe as defendant and invoked both the Second Amendment and a Missouri measure passed in 2014 that affirms the right to bear arms as “unalienable.” 

Attorneys for the school have since taken an aggressive approach to the lawsuit and have had the case moved to federal court. Barondes’ attorney Jennifer Bukowsky says this is slowing the case down and increasing costs. She notes that Barondes is dropping his Second Amendment claims in an effort to bring the case back to state court.

We’ll keep you posted to any future developments.


Chicago Air Police May Get Firearms, Rather Than “Run And Hide”

An ordinance to allow aviation police officers to carry firearms at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports has been introduced at a city council meeting. The order was proposed by police veteran and Alderman Chris Taliaferro, after a recent CNN investigation exposed the fact that aviation police officers are not only unarmed, but are told to “run and hide” if there is a shooter. 

Nationwide, these are the only two airports that do not allow aviation police officers to carry guns. Instead, they must ask for assistance from the Chicago police force if and when encountering armed individuals. 

“This should have been done a long time ago,” Taliaferro told CNN. “To be honest with you, I’m very afraid in situations where we do have increased terrorist attacks, we may be vulnerable in not arming the aviation police. We are leaving our officers at a risk of harm.” Chicago’s city council public safety committee will review the proposal.


When Restraining Order Fails, Kentucky Woman Uses Gun To Stop Attacker

A woman in Pike County, Ky., used her legally owned firearm to stop an attack by her estranged husband. 

According to local police, the woman had taken out a protective order against her husband. Last week, however, he entered the house in violation of the court order and threatened the woman. 

According to local media, the woman feared the man would hurt her and she shot him. No charges have been filed in the case.


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